Digital Science launches new discovery platform, Dimensions
Digital Science has launched a new discovery platform that aims to offer better ways of understanding the global research landscape. Integrating previously siloed data sources covering publications and citations, funded grants, altmetric data, trials, and patents, Dimensions contains more than 124 million documents, including 34 million patents and 86 million articles and books, plus 860 million citations and links to 9 million open access articles. 3.7 billion connections link them together, using natural language processing and machine learning techniques.
The platform is a collaboration between six parts of the Digital Science stable – Altmetric, Consultancy, Figshare, ReadCube, Symplectic, and UberResearch – and with more than a hundred external partners, including the Wellcome Trust and the universities of Cambridge, Princeton, and Rutgers. It is free for personal use, but institutional access requires a subscription. Digital Science CEO Daniel Hook described the platform as “a response to an urgent need for a more modern and inclusive research information platform, one which truly services the needs of both researchers and research institutions.”
SAGE acquires medical journals from Wichtig
SAGE Publishing has acquired the full portfolio of journals previously published by independent publisher Wichtig, founded in Milan more than forty years ago. The deal is effective from the start of this year, and comprises seventeen journals in mostly medical fields including ophthalmology, nephrology, and artificial organs; five are open access.
ALPSP adds more titles to its collections
The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) has announced that several new titles will be joining its collective sales service Aggregagent Collections, run in partnership with Accucoms. Journals published by Science Reviews 2000 and the health and life science publisher Future Science Group will now be included within Aggregagent, taking the number of participating journals to more than 400, from nineteen publishers.
Hasan to leave Springer Nature
Syed Hasan will be leaving Springer Nature at the end of this month. He had held senior management roles at Springer since 1998, and was appointed to his current post, President of Global Sales, upon Springer’s merger with Nature in 2015, in which role he led the alignment of the company’s sales and marketing teams.
SciGraph reaches one billion statement milestone
Springer Nature has announced that its linked open data platform SciGraph, launched in March last year, now holds more than one billion metadata statements about content published by the company, and links to external datasets. Aggregating data sources across a range of subjects and disciplines, the platform allows users to explore connections between bibliographic metadata statements in categories including author, institution, funder, and location. Information on clinical trials, citations, and patents is due to be added later this year.
Karger appoints Flickinger as new Freiburg MD
Swiss biomedical publisher Karger has appointed Joachim Flickinger as Managing Director of its Freiburg office in Germany, succeeding Sibylle Gross who retired at the end of last year. He will continue to serve as Director for Sales & Distribution and will remain a member of the management board in Basel.
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